The London 10 Mile

The new London 10 mile race is in Richmond Park on  June 4 2017 on a car-free day. It’s not flat. That’s 16km of fun in prep for your marathon or HIM/IM. It is significantly harder than 10km for most people, especially if you are relatively new to running. A good challenge. June should be…

Parkrun for the open water

Important swim news !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FYI: The band is only £10. I guess the success will depend on the number of venues and whether or not race times clash with general open sessions. —-reproduced from triathlonbusiness.com   Modelling on the hugely successful Parkrun format of free 5K run events across the UK, NOWCA, the UK’s National Open…

Suunto SPARTAN – new GPS algorithm + GLONASS – provisional test results in ULTRA vs SPORT

I knew something was wrong when the autolaps were quite a bit different from each other. With the new gps algorithm, with GLONASS enabled, and with firmware v1.6.14, I re-did my standard GPS test for the Spartan Ultra and the Spartan Sport I followed this methodology and this precise, standard route: https://the5krunner.com/courses/test-route-for-gps-devices/. That link also has all the…

Suunto Spartan Ultra - Clever Little Magnetic Charging Thingy

Suunto SPARTAN gets GLONASS – so what?

Today’s new firmware for the SPARTAN is annoying as I now have to re-do a GPS test I did last week 🙂 although hopefully this line from the Suunto update notes “This update also brings a new GPS firmware to improve general tracking accuracy” suggests that the test might be worth re-doing and will find increased…

HTC UA sports watch

Under Armour – New Sports Watch Rumoured to be Imminent (Leak of UA-HTC AndroidWear device)

HTC are rumoured to have produced a new device in conjunction with Under Armour (UA). Leveraging on some work in 2016 with the UA ‘Healthbox’ they may now poised to jointly release an AndroidWear smartwatch. Other sources (wareable) suggest the co-operative venture is DEAD!     Here are some images of the sports watch (Source: Androidpolice.com) showing AndroidWear…

Shimano S-PHYRE 2017 – expansion from footwear to clothing

Last year Shimano gave us performance cycling footwear and this year the natural expansion is to performance clothing for cycling. There seem to be some fabled ‘marginal gains’ from saving some energy by reducing friction. These are probably minimal but, hey, the clothing looks nice. There are probably more serious performance gains from aerodynamic drag…

vector smart watch

Fitbit acquires Vector (Watch Company)

Another interesting acquisition announced a few days ago by Fitbit. this time of the European ‘startup’ VECTOR. To me it looks like a similar acquisition to the PEBBLE deal. Maybe VECTOR have watches in the planning stages…either way existing watches will not be updated further. Again Fitbit seem to have made the acquisition of apps a…

Curranz blackcurrant extract capsules

Curranz dosing updates for blackcurrants (new research)

Some new research on Blackcurrant supplementation is shown below in a Press Release from Curranz. You can quickly see in the summary, below, that we are talking about  potentially significant increases in cardiovascular function in relation to performance and recovery. Along with caffeine and beetroot juice, blackcurrant extract is what I would ‘use for a race’. If…

Garmin Fenix 5 : What is Firstbeat Training Effect 2.0 and Training Status – impact on XERT or GoMore?

Garmin’s Fenix 5 advertises the use of Training Effect 2.0 and will also be including a new Training Status. This was developed by FIRSTBEAT and announced as long ago as December 2015. As we know FIRSTBEAT are a leading HR-analytics company who partner with Suunto, Huawei, Jabra, Samsung, Sony and others. Indeed many of you…

Polar M600 Fitbit Surge HR

Fitbit adds stuff ?!?

fitbit have relatively basic but generally well-working products. Their online ecosystem is good. In the light of new competitor products, FITBIT have announced further additions to their online offering – press release below In my opinion some of these online platforms and apps (eg Under Armour) are getting WAY too complicated. I do complex stuff…